Hey everyone! If you’ve been on this ride with me for a while you know that I have always been super busy and active — going to as many conventions as I can, making 15 costumes a year, taking every opportunity I can get. Just trying to live my life to the fullest.
And now I’m working for Marvel Universe Live — traveling to a new city every week for the next two years and seeing so many things and learning as much as I can along the way.
It’s been fun, exhilarating, exhausting. And painful. As you might already know, I am permanently disabled and have been for a long time. I use canes and a manual wheelchair to get around, but because I have severe pain and debilitating damage all over my body, using these mobility aids hurts me and makes it difficult to do my job.
What I need to keep going is a mobility scooter. Something that keeps me mobile without causing me physical stress or exertion. It has to be small and compact so that I can easily take it with me on the tour. I found one that is perfect and I am saving up for it, but it will be a long time before I can afford it on my own. And every day that I force myself to struggle through the pain, I wear myself down even more. The sooner I can stop hurting myself, the better.
After giving it a lot of thought, and speaking to friends about it, I have started a GoFundMe to help me obtain a mobility aid that best suits my needs. It’s very hard to ask for help, but I can’t let my disability define what I can and cannot do. I want to reach my goals and see just how much of a difference I can make in the world before I leave it.
If I’m able to get my mobility scooter, I will be donating my current wheelchair to Wheels of Mercy, a wonderful charity that gives wheelchairs to people in need. I will be happy to pay it forward if I am able to do so.